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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Yang Huiyan Sea Food Ltd" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:32:26 +0200
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,

My name is Mrs. Yang Huiyan the owner and C.E.O of YANG SEA FOOD LTD, in
Cambodia and Japan. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I
have to you. For charitable goals.

If you feel for me and you want to help me to carry out my wishes. kindly
Contact my lawyer through this email address (
) or you can call his private Line +855-9786-96133) if you are interested
in carrying out this task. I know I have never met you but my mind
instincts me to do this through you, and i hope you act sincerely with

Please make sure you contact my lawyer because i will not be available to
respond to your mail.

Thank you and God bless you.

Mrs. Yang Huiyan.

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